Well, the wall is finally complete. This is one of the biggest DIY projects that we have ever attempted. And our marriage is still intact. ; )
When we moved into our new house two years ago, the garden was nothing but taxus, boxwoods and daylilies. Now, none of those plants are still in their original spots and one of our goals was to build some retaining walls to level out the front garden with the slopes in our front yard.
Here is the before of the right side of our front garden. While the taxus covers the foundation, notice how low the soil level is towards the end of the foundation.
Those shrubs got moved to the side.....removed the weeds that had set up shop there...ordered our stone and it was delivered....we built three--THREE--retaining walls, filled in with 40 bags of topsoil and moved/replanted plants.
I'm so excited and I have to give huge props to my husband who indulges me on my "projects!" He did the lion's share of the work.
All that's left is to mulch out the area, since weeds are already starting to pop up. We are lacking in plants on that side, but I have plans....a tree will go down by the lowest wall and then three shrubs and perennials to fill in under the windows. After all of the work and cost in building the wall, I'm ready to take a break and shop for plants in a more leisurely fashion. Sometimes, the hardscaping makes such a difference--and it's the part that is the hardest to bite the bullet and do. It's hard work if you do it yourself and it's expensive. : ) Although it was a gargantuan project, I couldn't be happier!!!
I still find myself driving up the street and admiring our wall.
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Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
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Show and Share Day at Just a Girl
Simply Creations Link Party at Simple Home Life
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Flaunt Your Flowers at Tootsie Time
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Project Parade at The DIY Showoff
Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop at Homemaker on a Dime
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